Mud and mess is theme of the week
WHETHER it rains, shines or snows, there's plenty of messy fun to be had with the National Trust in Derbyshire this half-term holiday.
There are natural play areas where you can build dens, balance on logs and scramble around in the mud, and there's freedom to play as messily as you like in parkland and countryside places.
If the heavens open, it's perfect puddle weather, so why not make the most of it? Grab your waterproofs and wellies and make a splash.
Or if the weather just gets too horrible, there's lots of unclean fun to be had indoors too, from mucky trails to messy activities.
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Beccy Speight, regional director for the National Trust in the Midlands, says: "Getting messy is fun! It can be all too easy to hide away at home if it's cold and rainy outside but, whatever the weather, there are muddy puddles to splash in and mucky activities to get involved with, indoors and out, at our places across Derbyshire."
Search for half-term events near you at www.national trust.org.uk/midlands.
At Calke Abbey, Ticknall, you can experience the messiest house in the trust, while there's fun for kids young and old at Hardwick Hall with the Messy Bessy Trail. Fun includes puddle jumping and mud pie making. In the Peak District, there are plenty of trails to explore. So pull on your wellies and get ready to squelch and splash about in woods and streams.
If you prefer to make your own fun, check out the National Trust's list of 50 things to do before you're 11 and three quarters. From building dens to finding frog-spawn, there's plenty to keep mucky pups entertained. Download the list at www.50things.org.uk